Housing supply

This section covers the building of new homes, and also the provision of affordable housing and the loss of homes from the rental stock through the right to buy, as well as the number of homes lying empty.

The number of homes in England

Summary statement

‘The proportion of privately rented dwellings has seen a steady increase as the proportion of local authority- social rented and owner occupied dwellings has seen a corresponding decrease.’

Dwellings by tenure in England

YearOwner OccupiedPrivately rentedSocial rented - Housing AssociationSocial rented - Local Authority
200314,752,0002,549,0001,651,0002,457,000
200414,986,0002,578,0001,702,0002,335,000
200515,100,0002,720,0001,802,0002,166,000
200615,052,0002,987,0001,865,0002,087,000
200715,093,0003,182,0001,951,0001,987,000
200815,067,0003,443,0002,056,0001,870,000
200914,968,0003,705,0002,128,0001,820,000
201014,895,0003,912,0002,180,0001,786,000
201114,827,0004,140,0002,255,0001,726,000
201214,754,0004,286,0002,304,0001,693,000
201314,685,0004,465,0002,331,0001,682,000
201414,709,0004,588,0002,343,0001,669,000

Source: DCLG Housing Statistics, Table 104, Live Tables on Housing Stock, www.communities.gov.uk

The number of homes built

Summary statement

‘The total number of dwellings started in England in 2013/14 was more than 30,000 greater than the previous year.’

‘The number of social dwellings completed in England in 2013/14 has decreased by 23% since 2011/12.’

House building: new build only – England

StartsPrivate sectorRSLsLAsTotal social housingTotal starts
2009/1073,77021,47032021,79095,560
2010/1184,71024,7701,67026,440111,150
2011/1287,30022,1001,45023,550110,820
2012/1381,98019,9301,61021,540103,520
2013/14106,82024,9902,13027,120133,930
CompletionsPrivate sectorRSLsLAsTotal social housingTotal completions
2009/1093,03026,52037026,890119,910
2010/1183,18023,5501,14024,690107,870
2011/1289,12027,4601,96029,420118,510
2012/1384,55022,0601,36023,420107,980
2013/1489,70021,77090022,670112,370

Source: DCLG House Building Statistical Release

Historical trend data

Social housing building since 1946: England

Delivery of Affordable Homes

Affordable homes delivered in England

Tenure2006/072007/082008/092009/102010/112011/122012/13
Social rented housing24,67029,64030,90033,18038,95037,68017,580
"Affordable Rent"n/an/an/an/an/a9306,960
Intermediate housing: Intermediate rent1,2001,1101,7102,5604,5203,2402,100
Intermediate housing: Low Cost Home Ownership18,43022,42022,90022,24017,01016,25016,190
Total44,30053,18055,50057,98060,48058,10042,830

Source: DCLG Live Tables on Affordable Housing Supply, Table 1000, www.gov.uk

Homes lost from the local authority stock - Right to Buy (RTB)

Summary statements

‘In England 1.87 million homes have been sold under the Right to Buy since it was introduced in 1980’

The most recent figures for the PRPS sales in 2013/14 have not yet been released but the local authority sales have almost doubled in the last year to 11,238.

Total number of homes sold under the Right to Buy

RegionTotal RTB Sales 01/10/1980 - 31/03/2013
England1,869,898

Source: DCLG Social Housing Sales Live Tables, Table 671, www.gov.uk

Empty homes

Summary statements

‘There are more than 630,000 empty homes in England.’

‘216,050 of these have been vacant for more than 6 months - the usual definition of an empty home.’

Empty properties

RegionEmpty Homes, 2012
England635,127

Source: DCLG Housing Statistics, Live Tables, www.communities.gov.uk

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